215: The Top Lessons I Learned in 2018 with L3 Founder, Doug Smith

By January 14, 2019Podcast

In this episode, you’ll hear our Founder, Doug Smith, share the top lessons he learned in 2018.

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Doug is the Director of Development at Light of Life Rescue Mission, a non-profit that helps the homeless, in Pittsburgh, PA. He is the Founder of L3 Leadership, a company that connects and develops leaders through training, events, mastermind groups, and membership. He is also the host of the L3 Leadership podcast, where he has interviewed world-class leaders such as Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. Les Parrott, Liz Wiseman, Mike Tomlin, and many others. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Laura. Together, they love family, personal growth, travel, working out, and serving others.





  • The only reason to become a leader is to make things better off for people.. Everyday I stop living for myself and I start living for you -Maxwell
  • Lord, help me to lead today as if it were my first day of leadership, my last day of leadership, my only day of service. -Bishop David Zubik
  • If you’re not getting promoted, you’re probably missing a piece of feedback that someone isn’t giving you. -Leslie Braksic
  • Self-promotion can never replace divine promotion.
  • Everything rises and falls on leadership
  • You are 100% responsible for anything that has your name on it.
  • People will not follow fuzzy leadership. -John Maxwell
  • Clear is kind. Unclear is Unkind. -Brene Brown
  • There are no two good consecutive or easy days in a leaders life. -Maxwell
  • There are no do-overs in life.
  •  I am not the sum of my notifications and they do not demand a response. -Andy Crouch
  • Jesus warns people far more often about greed than about sex, yet almost no one thinks they are guilty of it. -Tim Keller
  • Guard yourself against every kind of greed for life is not measured by how much you own. -Luke 12:15
  • A person is a fool to store up earthly wealth, but not have a rich relationship with God – v. 21
  • A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished. -Proverbs 28:29
  • He is who greedy for gain troubles his own house- Proverbs 15:27
  • Better a little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure with troubles. Proverbs 15:16
  • A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches. Loving favor rather than silver or gold – Proverbs 22:1
  • Proverbs 23:4 – Do not overwork to be rich.
  • Psalm 39:4-6 – Every man is at his best state, but a vapor, they busy themselves in Vain… Lord, help me not to do that!
  • James 1:11 – The rich in the midst of their pursuit of wealth will wither away.
  • Proverbs 28:22 – A greedy man is in a race to get rich, but he forgets that he could lose what’s most important and end up with nothing.
  • Proverbs 15:27 – Greed brings grief to the whole family.
  • Proverbs 1:19 – The fate of all who are greedy for more, it robs them of life.
  • Psalm 62:10 – IF your wealth increases, don’t make it the center of your life.
  • Do not be proud of or trust in your money, but trust in God who gives you all you need for our enjoyment. Use the money to do good. Be rich in good works and generous to those in need and always willing to share. -I Tim. 6:17-19
  • Some people, craving money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. -I Tim. 6:9
  • 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. -Philippians 4:11-13
  • Trade the appearance of being close to God to the power of actually being close to God. -Bob Goff
  • Many plans are in a man’s heart, never the less, the Lord’s council will stand. -Proverbs 19:21
  • If God wants to make you a name, let him do that.
  • Save nothing for the next life!

What were your top lessons learned in 2018? I’d love to hear! Comment below!